Recently, Sky News hosted Indigo Rumbelow, one of the protesters behind the “just stop” climate change campaign involved in the nonsense we’ve seen recently, from protesters gluing themselves to the road to throwing soup at famous works of art.
Things went about as you’d expect from a reasonable regime figure attempting to pacify and deal with the type of person who would throw soup on a van Gogh painting, as you can watch here:
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As you can hear in the clip, Austin begins by saying:
Chief Constable of Essex, he says this, ‘I think it is only a matter of time before somebody gets killed, the only way this is going to stop is if just stop oil, frankly grow up and realize that they are putting people’s lives at risk.’ Doesn’t he have a point that you need to grow up before someone gets killed? Because you’re making your point, you can make your point in other ways.
Indigo, justifying the crazy actions of the protesters, said:
So the way I see it, we’re completely addicted to fossil fuels. Have you ever tried to ask someone to stop smoking? Yes. So I’ve asked my dad to stop smoking. And that’s because I loved him. Yes? When he was told that if he keeps smoking, he’s going to get cancer. And what and the scientists will tell him, you know, he’s going to get cancer, but it’s not a very pleasant process. No, one second one second, can I, can I just finish with you asking me about the disruption, I am accepting causes? Yeah, I’m accepting that it isn’t pleasant. I’m accepting that we feel empathy for all of those people out there. But what we’re trying to do is to get everyone to come together to get our government to stop licensing the oil and gas in order to save life.
Austin then pushes back again, noting that there are ways to protest that don’t involve wrecking innocent lives. In his words:
But there are ways of doing it, that this void this tens of thousands of people having their lives, destroyed.
Responding, she said, “a third of Pakistan was underwater. The rains have failed in Somalia for the fifth year in a row meaning mothers cannot feed their children. Know that.
Austin noted that those tragedies had been covered, saying:
And we covered that we had correspondents out there, there is a COP 27 conference.
But, predictably, that didn’t pacify her and she kept going berserk, saying:
you may have been covering it. But the media has failed to make political change. We’ve politics has failed us. I’m 28. This is the 27th cop conference. And what does happen every single year, the emissions have risen and risen and resin, if you were doing your job properly, everyone would be out on the streets. So we have not so I really want you to understand the situation.
Austin, who had to tell Indigo to stop yelling at him, saying “stop shouting at me,” also said he knew what she was up to, saying:
Please, I understand the point you’re making. You are here today to justify the tactics you’re affecting.
Indigo jumped to accusing him of not loving his kids, saying:
Do you love those children more than fossil fuels? Why should we’re asking you, we’re asking you to side with young people who are asking our government very politely in line with the UN saying that we need to come off fossil fuels with the knowledge that we’re going to go over 1.5 degrees and this will undermine the rule of law. We’re asking people to just
Austin had had enough of her at that point, snapping back:
Look, you are breaking the law your protests are law-breaking. Why should you be allowed to interfere with the rights of ordinary law-abiding people going about their daily business? That’s the question.
She then went back to the same old claims, saying:
Ok, let’s, let’s, let’s mean you we can come together we’ll put a referendum up and it’ll say ‘would you like to destroy much of life on Earth including everything you know and love?’ Or would you like to not? Would you like your government to insulate your house give you an affordable public transport system tax the polluters who are making money off people who are starving and cold and hungry in their homes? Do you want What do you want to do so why do we know and–
Austin, cutting her off, asked why she wasn’t attending the climate change conference, asking:
Why aren’t you at Cop 27? There are more oil lobbyists at COP 27 than there are people like you Why aren’t you there? Making your point?
And, of course, she justified not going, saying:
Yeah, and back to this idea. Isn’t that disgusting? Why do you imagine that think about my dad when he was smoking. Imagine if the cancer research invited Benson and hedges into their, you know, to their debate on what they’re going to do about
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